St. C. returns solid cast from 12-win season
ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Entering his seventh season as head coach at St. Clairsville, Stacey Agnew has basically every player back from last year’s squad that went 12-9.
The Red Devils lone loss to graduation was Macy Malin who is currently playing soccer at Walsh University in Canton. However, she only played the second half of the season due to knee surgery.
Included in that group are seven returning letterwinners, including a pair of 3-year vets and a 2-year performer.
“We’re a little quicker and I think we can score a little more than we have in years past,” Agnew said. “We still don’t have a whole lot of height, but we’ve been working the ball inside a lot in practice and our scrimmages. We’ve got quite a few good outside shooters.”
Leading the returnees are seniors Shae Brookover (5-5) and Alexis Thoburn (5-6).
“Shae is steady as our point guard. She did the majority of the ball handling last season and we will call upon her to do the same this year,” Agnew said of his 10-point-a-game scorer. “We will also look for more scoring from her. She is a great leader.
“Shae is very strong and a good outside shooter,” he added. “She is also a good defender.
“Alexis rebounds very well for her size and is a really good three-point shooter,” Agnew continued. “We’re going to ask her to drive more to the basket this year.
“She is also a very good defender and will be asked to handle the ball a little more. She does a good job with her leadership.”
Thoburn also scored 10 points per outing last winter.
The other senior is Sydney Miller (5-5). She lettered last year.
“Sydney was our fifth starter last season and averaged about six points,” the head coach said. “She has good size and can shoot it from the outside. She also plays nice defense.”
Junior Megan Malin (5-8) returns for her third year.
“Megan is capable of scoring,” Agnew allowed. “She has had several games of near 20 points, but we need her to be a more consistent scorer this year.
“She’s been working in the paint, but she can step out and hit the three-point shot if needed,” added the head coach. “She’s a really good defender due to her length and she rebounds nicely.”
Three other juniors complete the returnees. They are Katlyn Gray (5-11), Maddie Sadler (5-7) and Lacy Tuttle (5-4).
“Katlyn is coming along. She had never played until last year and she started the final eight games,” Agnew said. “She rebounds well and we’re working on her shot blocking. She is very athletic.
“Maddie was a spot starter for us last season. She’s a good offensive rebounder and we’re working on her inside game,” Agnew continued. “She’s a good post defender and we’re working on her scoring.
“Lacy will be the first player off the bench. She saw a lot of playing time last year,” the head coach noted. “She can score inside and is an on-ball defender. She’s a feisty player.”
The remaining junior is Jocelyhnn Zucco (5-6).
“She is a primary defender. We’re working on her offense,” Agnew added. “She has battled injuries during soccer and will see some JV time.”
Agnew is pleased with his seven member sophomore class, which will mostly see JV time.
Makenna Moran (5-7), Angel Heatherington (5-7), Jalyn Thomas (5-7), Emily Dubinsky (5-8) and Bailee Spryn (5-4).
“Rachel is a strong ballhandler who will split time between varsity and JV,” Agnew said.
“Delaney is a long on-ball defender. She needs to get stronger,” Agnew mentioned. “She is a nice defender and rebounds well.
“Makenna is a good scorer and we are working on her defense,” he pointed out. “She is picking it up and coming along. She will see quality time between varsity and JV.
“Emily hasn’t done a bad job,” the head coach said. “She’s left-handed and strong in the middle. She’s a quiet player who does what she is told.”
Four freshman complete the roster. They include Kentleigh Reed (5-10), Lauren Powell (5-5), Alexa Druzin (5-5) and Aaliyah Kidd (5-3).
The Red Devils have added a second game with Indian Valley. They will also play John Glenn and Maysville once each. Off the schedule are two games with Barnesville.
“All three of them are good, quality teams,” Agnew said of the additions.
Agnew is assisted by Chelsea Maxwell and Tom Sliva.